Sunday, August 23, 2009

On Vacation!

Well, I am officially on vacation for the entire week. Unfortunately, due to the "Cash for Clunkers" program that our illustrious leader has implemented, I will have to go in to work for a few hours Monday. The program is basically a good deal for the consumer but a raging nightmare for the dealers.

There are a certain set of criteria that must be met to even qualify for the "Clunker" program. Then there is so much paperwork that has to be compiled to send to the government before we can even get our money back. The "Clunkers" have to be made unusable and then junked. We have to void all the titles by writing "Junk Car," across the front and back of the title.

I can't believe how many people have no idea where their car title is! It just boggles the mind! How can you not know where the title to your vehicle is? If people truly understood the lengths one must go through to get a duplicate title, they would be more careful. But, they really don't care until the time comes for them to sell or trade their vehicle. And to obtain a out of state duplicate title is more than just a nightmare! It practically takes an act of congress and notarized statement to get the title. With all of the privacy laws that have been enacted over the past few years it really is incredibly difficult to even obtain a lien release from the lien holder unless the customer is sitting right there in front of you when you call the lien holder. I can understand the need for privacy. What I don't understand is the lack of intelligence on the public's part when it comes to important documents.

I deal with the department of motor vehicles on a daily basis. I know what is required by most states to get titles. We have even tried charging customers $50.00 for applying for lost titles and they will pay it just so they don't have to be bothered with it. If you ask me it isn't enough. We should charge more especially if it is an out of state title!

But that is just my opinion.

Mom and Tammie arrived last night and we went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner. It was great and the food was delicious. I love going there. Julie went with us and we all had a great time. While I am off work this week we are going to go look a some houses just to get an idea of what price range we will be able to afford. They also want to go gem mining so I am going to take them to Ceaser's Head sometime this week also. Julie and I had a great time when we went a few years ago. I don't have a lot of money right now but hey, it will be a fun drive.

I guess that is about all I have to write about now. I will chat more later.

By the way, Tammie brought her puppy, "Hokey" with her and is he adorable. He is a nine month old Boston Bull dog and the most loving and playful thing you would ever find. He is so sweet.

Gotta Go.

Friday, August 7, 2009

My New Home!

I finally got moved into my new apartment on Monday, August 3rd. I am still unpacking and boy has it been an experience.

My insurance company hired ServPro to come in and pack my things and take them to their facility for cleaning and restoration. They were there quickly and I have no problem with that. However, when it came time to have my things delivered to my new home it was a completely different matter.

They were very professional when it came to delivering my things on time and getting them into the apartment quickly. The packing however was total chaos! My good china was in a dozen different boxes. Some were marked bedroom, some bathroom, some office equipment and even one was marked kitchen. I was surprised nothing was broken. I still haven't found the lid to my soup turine. The cordless phone I had in my living room was in three different boxes. The handset was in with the china, the base was in with living room nick nacks and the cords were in the electronics box. To top it all off my clothes, shoes, bed linens and bath towels were not even delivered. When I called to find out why they said that they were sent to a different company for cleaning and would be delivered next monda. Until then I had to borrow sheets for the bed from a friend and go buy new bath towels so I wouldn't have to drip dry after my shower.

How is that for an experience. It wasn't stressfull enough that I was forced from my home due to someone elses carelessness but then I had to deal with this. Let me tell you I let my insurance adjuster know what I thought and I let ServPro know also that I was not a happy camper. I pray I never have to go through this again. And that no one else I know will have to go through it either.

Gotta go for now.